Why teeth are crooked, what is the way to straighten them

Many people suffer from inferiority complexes with crooked teeth. You can’t laugh with your heart, and you can’t talk with your soul. Proper cleaning of such teeth is not possible. So straighten your crooked teeth before they negatively impact your mental and physical health.

A very familiar and common oral problem is crooked teeth. Along with facial beauty, it also has some health risks. Thorough brushing cannot clean crooked teeth.

Gradually, the teeth become blackened, stained, and subsequently stoned. Then there is gingivitis, commonly known as pyorrhea. This can cause problems like bad breath, bleeding, and pus in the mouth.

And for those who have a high tooth, the root of that tooth gradually decays like a saw. It also requires tooth extraction and a root canal.

Apart from this, a person with crooked teeth constantly suffers from an inferiority complex. He begins to lose confidence while laughing or talking, which has a negative impact on his mental health.

Why are teeth crooked?

Teeth can grow crooked for various reasons. Babies usually have 20 milk teeth in their mouths. These milk teeth fall out, and the permanent teeth grow over time. If, for some reason, the baby teeth don’t fall out on time or fall out early, the lower teeth lose their roots and cannot erupt properly. Then maybe that tooth rises in the middle; sometimes it goes outside, sometimes it goes inside. Sometimes it starts growing wherever there is space. Crooked teeth appear. Even if parents have this problem, children can grow crooked teeth.

Teeth can also become misaligned and misshapen due to other reasons. For example,

1. Congenital

2. Anomalies of teeth and jaws, i.e., maxilla and mandible bones.

3. Various diseases, such as cysts and tumors.

4. Habitual causes, such as finger-sucking from childhood. This causes the upper gum teeth to come forward. That is, the upper teeth become higher.

5. Birth defects, such as cleft lip and palate problems.

6. Road accidents can break and misalign the upper and lower jaw teeth.

7. The space between the two teeth of the upper jaw.

8. Sometimes the teeth are misaligned due to the growth of more extra teeth (supernumerary teeth) than the specified number of teeth.

9. Sometimes the upper jaw is larger than the lower jaw. Again, the lower jaw becomes excessively large. Due to which the teeth of both jaws are asymmetric.

The treatment options for crooked teeth

First, we need to determine the cause. For that, the OPG x-ray and cephalometry of the patient should be done first. This expensive and time-consuming treatment requires specialist dentists or orthodontists. This treatment can be done in two ways: with a removable appliance or a fixed appliance.

Sometimes it may be necessary to lift the first pre-molar on both sides of the upper jaw. First, the patient and the patient’s guardian should understand the whole matter well. It is better to start treatment between 12 and 15 years.

First, the dentist measures the patient’s jaw along with the teeth in the removal appliance procedure. The removal appliance is then fabricated in the dental laboratory and worn by the patient. Then, the dentist activates the removal appliance periodically to treat the patient.

Another method involves placing a fixed dental appliance in the patient’s mouth. Later, the fixed appliance is activated, and the teeth are tidied up.


Preventing crooked teeth is possible by taking measures in childhood. If you have high-low or crooked teeth, you can straighten and beautify the teeth by applying braces and various methods. Starting treatment at an early age gives quick and permanent results. An experienced, crooked dentist must be consulted for this treatment.

Professor Dr. SM Iqbal Hussain: Former Director, Dhaka Dental College and Hospital, Dhaka


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